The Upper Gallery is currently closed for renovations.
These renovations will improve preservation of artifacts and enhance the visitor experience. The Lower Gallery has been reopened, its exhibits are methodically being returned. Period room tours are offered at the regularly scheduled times.
Frequently Asked Questions
Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace
Is this the original house?
-No. The original structure was torn down in 1916. The current brownstone is a reconstruction of the original. Its construction began in 1919, and the completed museum and period rooms were opened to the public in 1924.
Was the Teddy Bear named after Theodore Roosevelt?
Can I take a self-guided tour of the period rooms?
- No. The period rooms may be visited only on a guided tour. Ranger-led tours are available at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., and 1,2,3, and 4 p.m. There is no tour at Noon. A maximum of fifteen visitors are allowed on each tour. There are no reservations for these tours and visitors are received on a first come, first served basis. Groups of ten or more please see below.
Can tours be reserved?
-Yes. But these are generally for school and community groups. However, if you have a group of ten or more visitors, you will need to schedule a reserved tour.Click here for more info.Can I join a tour that is already under way?
- No. Latecomers will be asked to join the next available tour. However, waiting visitors are welcome to visit the lower gallery, which is open to the general public. In addition to exhibit cases containing T.R. memorabilia, films about Theodore can be seen here.
How tall was Theodore Roosevelt?
-As an adult, Theodore was five feet, eight inches tall.
How did Theodore like his eggs?
-He liked them hard boiled...with waffles on the side.
Did T.R. really drink a lot of coffee?
-Yes. He drank about one gallon per day.
Did You Know?
Pelican Island was proclaimed the first U.S. National Wildlife Refuge by President Theodore Roosevelt on March 14, 1903. This action was taken by the president to protect the island's birds from plume hunters. It also contributed to T.R. being known as one of the world's greatest conservationists.